TERF Wars

“A powerful, exciting and much-needed salvo in one of the most urgent battles against bigotry.”

– Sandy Stone

Cover of the Sociological Review Monograph: TERF Wars.
The emergence of trans-exclusionary movements raises many questions for feminism and transgender studies.  Challenging the framing of ‘transgender activists versus feminists’, this collection engages with both historical and contemporary hostility within and across trans/feminist movements. It examines the politics of trans, feminist, and trans-exclusionary movements, and imagines a future of collaboration, rather than conflict.

This book delivers a range of essays on topics including sex, gender ideology, education, community mobilisation, autogynephilia, ‘rapid-onset’ gender dysphoria, detransition, migration, sex work, and public toilets.

The authors examine questions of solidarity and difference from European, African, North and South American perspectives, emphasising the intertwined politics of gender, sexuality, disability, and race that shape our lives. Together they rigorously unpack topics that have been subject to popular misinformation and moral panic, to inform lines of feminist inquiry that are emancipatory for all.

TERF Wars: Feminism and the fight for transgender futures is edited by Ben Vincent, Sonja Erikainen and myself. It features contributions from Jay Bernard, Lua da Mota Stabile, Jen Slater, Charlotte Jones, B Camminga, Rowan Hildebrand-Chupp, Florence Ashley, Julia Serano, María Victoria Carrera-Fernández, Renée DePalma, Emi Koyama, Cristan Williams, and Sally Hines.

TERF Wars is available as a special issue of academic journal The Sociological Review, and will also be available as a paperback book.

Digital special issue
(available now with a subscription to The Sociological Review)

Paperback pre-order
(more and better links coming soon!)

TERF Wars: An Introduction
(read the introductory essay for free)

Afterword: TERF wars in the time of Covid-19
(read the concluding essay for free)


Contents

TERF wars: An introduction
by Ruth Pearce, Sonja Erikainen and Ben Vincent

Sex wars and (trans) gender panics: Identity and body politics in contemporary UK feminism
by Sally Hines

The ontological woman: A history of deauthentication, dehumanization, and violence
by Cristan Williams

Whose feminism is it anyway? The unspoken racism of the trans inclusion debate
by Emi Koyama

Feminism will be trans-inclusive or it will not be: Why do two cis-hetero woman educators support transfeminism?
by María Victoria Carrera-Fernández and Renée DePalma

Autogynephilia: A scientific review, feminist analysis, and alternative ‘embodiment fantasies’ model
by Julia Serano

A critical commentary on ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria’
by Florence Ashley

More than ‘canaries in the gender coal mine’: A transfeminist approach to research on detransition
by Rowan Hildebrand-Chupp

Disregard and danger: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the voices of trans (and cis) African feminists
by B Camminga

The toilet debate: Stalling trans possibilities and defending ‘women’s protected spaces’
by Charlotte Jones and Jen Slater

Sex work abolitionism and hegemonic feminisms: Implications for gender-diverse sex workers and migrants from Brazil
by Lua da Mota Stabile

The transfeminist and the liberal institution: A love story
by Jay Bernard

Afterword: TERF wars in the time of COVID-19
by Ruth Pearce, Sonja Erikainen and Ben Vincent